On the Ides of March (15 March) 44BC, ruler of Rome, Gaius Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Senate house by a small group of disaffected senators. After a brief period of confusion, three factions began to emerge to fill the vacuum left by Caesar’s death. The Tyrannicides led by Marcus Junius Brutus and assisted by Gaius Cassius Longinus left Rome and took provinces in the East to govern, there to bide their time, gather strength, and hopefully complete the restoration of the Republic. A second faction under Marcus Antonius, Senior Consul and Caesar’s chief lieutenant, and supported by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, initially attempted to come to an accommodation with the Tyrannicides with the intent of securing a power-base in Cisalpine Gaul and subsequently to seize control in Rome. The third faction under Gaius Octavius, Caesar’s nephew and adopted son, was intent upon claiming his inheritance and assuming the position that was Caesar’s in the state. Initially making common cause with Decimus Brutus (a tyrannicide) and the Senate, he attempted to check Antony’s ambitions whilst pursuing a dual agenda of avenging Caesar and assuming primacy in the state. By 30BC, Octavius (later Augustus Caesar) had eliminated all competition and become the undisputed leader of Rome.
A shorter Rubicon Module simulates the earlier struggle between Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great who was backed by the Senate, that ultimately led to Caesar’s victory and assumption of the position of Dictator-for-Life. Each separate game shares a common set of Strategy Cards, with cards specific to individual periods of civil war added to the common deck for the play of that module. Players share a force pool of land and special units, as well as factional naval forces and major leaders/generals.
A complete copy of Ides of March includes:
- 1 Rules Booklet
- 4 Sheets of Counters
- 86 Strategy Cards
- 27 General and Factional Display Cards
- 1 Sheet of Card Backs
- 1 22×34 inch Mapboard
- 1 Playbook with Scenarios and Optional Rules
- 1 Set of Tables
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